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Florida’s Top Picks for Families Putting Down Roots

Posted on: June 28, 2024

For decades, Florida has been the go-to spot for unforgettable spring breaks and summer vacations. Now, it has also become a top choice for families looking to settle down and lifestyle up. North Florida, in particular, is attracting residents of all ages with its blend of high-quality lifestyle and affordable living. According to the National Association of Realtors, the region is experiencing a flourishing buyers’ market. Let’s dive into the exciting reasons families are choosing this vibrant corner of the Sunshine State, including dynamic new home communities like Tributary.

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Where Wildlife Roams and Families Thrive

From the shores of Amelia Island, recognized among the nation’s top 20 beaches, to miles of nature preserves, North Florida is an eclectic mix of natural wonders. Situated along Tributary’s western border, families can meander through Four Creeks State Forest to catch a glimpse of white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, or a myriad of bird species. They can also hop on a kayak or paddleboard to explore the naturally flowing creeks that wind into the Nassau River. For more outdoor adventures, Tributary Regional Park just to the north allows families to traverse extensive trails or engage in friendly matches on the recreational and baseball fields. Children’s laughter fills the air as they delight in playground adventures, while parents enjoy unwinding in the park’s extensive green spaces. Tributary Regional Park will also be home to a dog park and canoe and kayak launch in the future.

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The Epicenter of Entertainment

The entertainment scene in North Florida is as vast as its natural wonders. As one of the largest metropolitan areas in Florida, the region offers something for every sports enthusiast, animal lover, artist, and history buff. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ over 2,000 animals and numerous interactive exhibits allow visitors to experience exotic animals up close. For little ones with boundless imaginations, the Museum of Science & History provides three levels of hands-on activities in science, history, and innovation. Art lovers will be delighted by the abundance of art museums in the area, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. End the night at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena, an entertainment hub that hosts a year-round lineup of professional sporting events, and captivating performances by the world’s best musicians and comedians.

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A-Rated North Florida Schools

North Florida residents also don’t have to worry about private schooling for their children. The region offers exceptional educational opportunities for families, particularly in Nassau County. The Nassau County School District boasts 16 accredited schools and consistently earns an A ranking, placing it at #13 out of 73 districts in Florida. This district also holds the state’s second-highest concentration of top-ranked schools. Nassau County’s commitment to student development shines through its well-maintained facilities and dedicated teachers, who strive to foster inspired lifelong learners.

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Access to Next-Level Healthcare

Nassau County has emerged as the medical epicenter of North Florida, boasting a rapidly expanding medical industry that guarantees access to state-of-the-art medical facilities. The recent influx of four healthcare innovators – UF Health, Baptist Health, River City Rehabilitation Center, and Memorial Hospital – means that premier services and cutting-edge programs are conveniently located just minutes away. Additionally, Nassau County’s proximity to several military bases, such as Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, caters to veterans’ needs. Numerous VA Clinics in the area ensure personalized healthcare services are readily accessible.

Abundant New Home Construction Opportunities

With the North Florida lifestyle in high demand, builders are rapidly constructing new homes to meet this growing interest. According to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, there has been a notable 28.3% increase in single-family home building permits compared to 2023. One community experiencing firsthand the effect of this demand is Tributary.

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Offering new homes starting from the $300s, Tributary in Nassau County has become a top choice for families. Homebuyers can choose from 33 unique one- and two-story floorplans crafted by renowned builders such as David Weekley Homes, Dream Finders Homes, Lennar, and Richmond American Homes. Additionally, Tributary’s active-adult neighborhood, Lakeview 55+, has nearly sold out its homes in Phase 1 with its amenity center slated for completion later this year.

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Livin’ on Tributary Time

Tributary’s stylish Lookout Amenity Center has already become a social hub for residents within the community. Residents can enjoy staying active with a range of amenities, including a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, two pickleball courts, a children’s playground, a resort-style pool, and a recreational playfield. The community even caters to pets with the Pawsome Dog Park, featuring separate play areas for large and small dogs, along with obstacle course challenges. Extensive scenic nature trails will wind throughout the community, providing direct access points to the Nassau River, neighboring trailheads of the Four Creeks State Forest, and Tributary Regional Park.

Tributary’s Model Home Village is open daily for tours or can be toured virtually here. To hear from residents themselves on what makes life at Tributary so unique and rewarding, watch our new Community Video or request a complimentary copy of our Explore More lifestyle magazine, which provides an overview of the neighborhood and surrounding area. For more information, you can also visit TributaryLiving.com.

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